Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
Title: Sign O´ The Times
Label: Paisley Park Records
Sign o’ the Times is the ninth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released on March 30, 1987, by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. The album is the follow-up to Parade (1986) and is Prince’s first album following his disbanding of the Revolution. The songs were largely recorded during 1986 to 1987 in sessions for albums Prince ultimately aborted: Dream Factory, Camille, and Crystal Ball. Initially intending to release a triple album culled from these sessions, Prince compromised with label executives and shortened the length of the release to a double album.
The album’s music encompasses a varied range of styles, including funk, soul, psychedelic pop, electro, and rock. Its release was supported by several singles, among them the socially conscious title track and “If I Was Your Girlfriend“; in addition to a well-received concert film of the same name. Sign o’ the Times was Prince’s most acclaimed record, being voted 1987’s best album in the Pazz & Jop critics poll and since being ranked as one of the greatest albums ever by several publications.
1. Sign “O” The Times (5:02)
2. Play In The Sunshine (5:05)
3. Housequake (4:38)
4. The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (4:04)
1. It (5:10)
2. Starfish And Coffee (2:51)
3. Slow Love (4:18)
4. Hot Thing (5:39)
5. Forever In My Life (3:38)
1. U Got The Look (Vocals – Sheena Easton) (3:58)
2. If I Was Your Girlfriend (4:54)
3. Strange Relationship (4:04)
4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (6:31)
1. The Cross (4:46)
2. It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Night (8:59)
3. Adore (6:29)
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56950
Controversy is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 14, 1981 by Warner Bros. Records.
Controversy is “Prince’s first attempt to get you to love him for his mind, not just his body”, as it “refines the propulsive funk of previous albums and adds treatises on religion, work, nuclear war and Abscam.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic also remarked on its music in how it “continues in the same vein of new wave-tinged funk on Dirty Mind, emphasizing Prince’s fascination with synthesizers and synthesizing disparate pop music genres”.
Controversy begins with its title track, which raises questions that were being asked about him at the time, including his race and sexuality. The song “flirts with blasphemy” by including a chant of The Lord’s Prayer. “Do Me, Baby” is an “extended bump-n-grind” ballad with explicitly sexual lyrics, and “Ronnie, Talk to Russia” is a politically charged plea to President Ronald Reagan. “Private Joy” is a bouncy bubblegum pop-funk tune, “showing off Prince’s lighter side”, followed by “Annie Christian”, which lists historical events such as the murder of African-American children in Atlanta and the death of John Lennon. The album’s final song, “Jack U Off”, is a synthesized rockabilly-style track.
This was the first of his albums to associate Prince with the color purple as well as the first to use sensational spelling in his song titles.
1. Controversy (7:15)
2. Sexuality (4:21)
3. Do Me, Baby (7:43)
1. Private Joy (4:29)
2. Ronnie, Talk to Russia (1:58)
3. Let’s Work (3:54)
4. Annie Christian (4:22)
5. Jack U Off (3:09)
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known mononymously as Prince, was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
Label: Warner Bros. Records
1999 is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Prince and the first to feature his backing band The Revolution. It was released on October 27, 1982 by Warner Bros. Records. 1999 was Prince’s breakthrough album.
With Dirty Mind, Prince had established a wild fusion of funk, rock, new wave, and soul that signaled he was an original, maverick talent, but it failed to win him a large audience. After delivering the sound-alike album, Controversy, Prince revamped his sound and delivered the double album 1999. Where his earlier albums had been a fusion of organic and electronic sounds, 1999 was constructed almost entirely on synthesizers by Prince himself. Naturally, the effect was slightly more mechanical and robotic than his previous work and strongly recalled the electro-funk experiments of several underground funk and hip-hop artists at the time. Prince had also constructed an album dominated by computer funk, but he didn’t simply rely on the extended instrumental grooves to carry the album — he didn’t have to when his songwriting was improving by leaps and bounds. The first side of the record contained all of the hit singles, and, unsurprisingly, they were the ones that contained the least amount of electronics. “1999” parties to the apocalypse with a P-Funk groove much tighter than anything George Clinton ever did, “Little Red Corvette” is pure pop, and “Delirious” takes rockabilly riffs into the computer age. After that opening salvo, all the rules go out the window — “Let’s Pretend We’re Married” is a salacious extended lust letter, “Free” is an elegiac anthem, “All the Critics Love U in New York” is a vicious attack at hipsters, and “Lady Cab Driver,” with its notorious bridge, is the culmination of all of his sexual fantasies. Sure, Prince stretches out a bit too much over the course of 1999, but the result is a stunning display of raw talent, not wallowing indulgence.
1. 1999 (6:15)
2. Little Red Corvette (5:03)
3. Delirious (4:00)
1. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7:21)
2. D.M.S.R. (8:17)
1. Automatic (9:28)
2. Something in the Water (Does Not Compute) (4:02)
3. Free (5:08)
1. Lady Cab Driver (8:19)
2. All the Critics Love U In New York (5:59)
3. International Lover (6:37)